Today's Features

  • This spring’s trip to Washington D.C. for 8th graders is scheduled for April 3-7 and there is still a chance to sign up.
    The program is available for 8th graders that attend Los Alamos Middle School, as well as homeschoolers.
    It is a private trip that is organized by Los Alamos resident and former teacher Roberta Cocking. The middle school works in conjunction with WorldStrides touring company, based in Virginia.
    Cocking has organized the trip since 1997.
    The price is paid for by the student, with all airfare and accommodations included in the price. The students stay at a five-star hotel in Arlington, Virginia, near all the historical sites in Washington, D.C. There are nighttime chaperones and a doctor on call is available 24-7 at the hotel.
    Deadline to sign up at the current price is Feb. 7. Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to lock the current price.
    Visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org for more information on costs.
    “So no strangers are coming onto the floor and no kids are leaving after the students are in lock down,” Cocking said.

  • What is the best follow-up to an Agatha Christie murder story? It is the comedy version of the story, of course.

    In November, the Los Alamos Little Theater produced “And Then There Were None,” a classic whodunit with a series of murders among a group of weekenders at an island estate. This month, LALT follows that production with “Murdered to Death” by Peter Gordon, another thrilling mystery but with a hilarious twist.

    The story begins as all Christie stories normally would — guests arriving for a weekend getaway at the invitation of their hostess Mildred. From the esteemed and bombastically British Colonel Craddock and his unhappy wife, to a French art dealer with an outrageous accent and his beautiful girlfriend, the guests fill the usual expected roster. Add a goofy Mrs. Maple, who has a history of always being present when a murder occurs (Agatha Christie fans know who this character is) and the drawing room is full.

    There is the matter of some fraudulent artwork, the gun shot in the study, the murder of the hostess, and the arrival of the police detective and his significantly more competent constable, and the game begins.

  • An informal birthday party was held for Los Alamos artist Francis “Frank” Harlow Jan. 21 at the Los Alamos Historical Society. His 87th birthday was celebrated in conjunction with an exhibit of his artwork at the museum.

    His motorcycle helmet, jacket and gloves are on display as the centerpiece to his artwork.

    A painting of his beloved motorcycle is also on display. “I rode that until I couldn’t balance anymore,” Harlow said. The motorcycle has been on display at several museums in Santa Fe and is now at the New Mexico History Museum.

    Accompanied by his wife Patricia, the two celebrated his birthday with a piece of cake. The couple moved to Los Alamos in 1953 and lived at the same residence since 1962, according to Patricia Harlow.

    Along with being an artist Harlow was a Los Alamos physicist and a noted Native pottery collector and researcher. He specialized in studying the evolution of historical Pueblo pottery and wrote or co-wrote books about it, including “The Pottery of Zia Pueblo” (2003), “Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians: 1600-1880” (1990) and “The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo” (2005).

  • Art exhibits

    First Friday Citywide event: Contemporary Artifacts — featuring the works of artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics). At the Weyrich Gallery, 2835D Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque. Show runs through Jan. 30.


    Gallery artists group show. Opening from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.

    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Under 35: Part III. The exhibition will feature works by Nicola López, Nouel Riel and Jack Warren. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30, in which artist Nouel Riel will be present. The show runs until Feb. 21.


    The Russian National Ballet theater presents, “The Sleeping Beauty.” With music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, the company creates an engaging experience for all ages. Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, the ballet features Princess Aurora, the wicked fairy and the Lilac Fairy. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Popejoy Hall. 



  • What began as a small group of students at Santa Fe’s Acequia Madre School concerned about global warming has grown to include more than 100 area children. The Global Warming Express (GWE) was founded by 9-year-olds to take action to encourage adults to adopt more earth-friendly practices. They testify at public hearings, have written a book to send to President Barack Obama and launched a successful campaign to solarize Acequia Madre Elementary School. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales gave the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the GWE on Wednesday at Tomasita’s restaurant with support from Positive Energy Solar, the state’s leading solar installer.

    “It’s been an incredible experience to watch these young people rally their community to effect positive change in the world” said Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler. “Imagine what could happen if every community had kids driving the conversation about climate change like we do here in Santa Fe. We’re thrilled to help them on their journey. I hope to see everyone in Santa Fe come out to support Global Warming Express on Wednesday night.”

  • A group of volunteers has been working to propel the history of Los Alamos into the global spotlight. On Tuesday, that group celebrated a significant milestone with a champagne toast in Fuller Lodge. Hundreds of local residents had received invitations marked “Declassified.” They filled the Lodge, which had been decorated with an aura of mystery, not knowing what awaited them.
    Los Alamos Historical Society president Ron Wilkins kicked off the festivities, which culminated in the dramatic unveiling of the “History is Here” campaign results, from the largest single capital campaign ever conducted by a nonprofit in Los Alamos. The long-range goal of the campaign is to raise $7 million, which will go to support several efforts:
    The collections and archives of the Historical Society
    The museum’s ability to enhance its visitors’ experience with new exhibits
    Bathtub Row press and the publications of the Historical Society
    The preservation of historically significant buildings
    New educational programs and technologies that can reach additional audiences
    The occasion marked the halfway point in the History is Here Campaign, with $3,508,189.18 raised to date.

  • Daffodils sale benefits hospice program

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale in March. Daffodil preorders are being taken now through March 1.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    A glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils is available for $15. A glass vase with one bunch is for $10. A single bunch (10 stems) is for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.  
    All flowers will be delivered March 7, or can be picked up at “Daffodil Central” (181 Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 5-6.  
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores on March 5-6.  The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.  
    To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.
    For more details on this event, keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor.

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  • Eighteen students from Los Alamos elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School were at Chamisa Elementary recently for the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Over the last several months they’ve been attending school Word Clubs for practice through listening, writing and pronouncing thousands of words that could have been used in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and learning to think through the surprises. Most of the contestants are avid readers as well.
    First place went to the New Mexico Spelling Bee representative, Nora Cullinan, who is an 8th grader at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Second Place went to Olivia Koo, a 5th grader at Barranca and third place went to Sruthi Garimella, a 7th grader at LAMS.
    The last rounds with five spellers, included Philip Ionkov, a 5th grader at Aspen and Hannah Gartz, a 6th-grader from Piñon. Supporting the spellers were families, friends, and teachers who were there to cheer on all of the contestants.
    Spelling Bees have been in operation across the United States since 1925, with now-famous Scripps sponsorship beginning in 1941. Bees had been in place for many years and the smooth operation of the contest has been dependent on school-level coordinators, a school district facilitator, and supportive judges from throughout the county.

  • I learned many years ago that it is the friends, books, music, games and movies you surround yourself with that help create the person you become.
    Last week, I had the pleasure of making a presentation to the Leadership Los Alamos class of 2015, soon to be “the best class.”
    I loved Robin Williams and after he died last year, I noticed a movie he made I had not seen. Ah, technology and sure enough, you can request a movie and watch it within a few days.
    I’ll save you the pain of the movie, unless you are up for something deep and profoundly sad from, “What Dreams May Come.” The truth is two children are lost in a car accident and later the father passes in a second car accident.
    The profound part was an exchange between husband and wife about the son struggling in school. The mother wants to ease the workload and the father doesn’t because he knows the boy is capable.
    The movie later shows how another conversation where the boy admits to the dad, that he isn’t as smart as the dad and always feels like he’s letting him down.
    Flashback to the Leadership Los Alamos session where it was admitted that youth often feel like they are continuously a disappointment when they never make the grade or do, as well as parents expect.

  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Art inspired by classes and art groups that meet in the Art Center. Pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, etc. The exhibit shows work created in classes during 2014, as well as work by participants in the Los Alamos Photography Club, Adobe Users Group, Life Drawing Group, Ashley Pond Woodworkers and the Beader Babes. Runs daily through Jan. 31.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.